Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Master of Public Administration. Major in Public Administration.

The Department of Politics and Philosophy at the University of Idaho offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree for students interested in careers in the governance and management of local governments and communities.  Students can expect to leave the program with intellectual and analytical skills, and the practical experience needed to enhance their ability to serve local governments and communities.  The program is public service oriented, and is delivered in partnership with communities in Idaho and Washington.

Practitioner involvement in this program provides students with a more relevant and practical education than that found in more traditional programs.  Academic faculty members work closely with local government professionals to deliver courses and professional development opportunities.

The program requires 36 hours of coursework, which includes and 15-hour core: 

POLS 555Public Administration Theory3
POLS 557Governmental Budgeting3
POLS 565Local Government Law3
POLS 572Local Government Politics and Administration3
POLS 558Research Methods for Local Government and Community Administration3
Total Hours15

Students will then develop their specific interests in local government by choosing 15 to 18 hours of elective courses in consultation with and approval of their advisor. These courses may be chosen in alignment with the bioregional planning and community design graduate program, or other UI graduate programs. Students must also complete a final comprehensive examination.

Students with little or no pubilc administration experience are required to complete a 3 to 6-hour internship to gain hands-on experience in the governance of local governments and communities. In-service students must complete 3 hours of POLS 559 Field Based Research in lieu of the internship.

The MPA program is available in both the traditional on-campus and on-line formats.  Though no specific undergraduate preparation is required for the MPA, applicants must have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, and three letters of recommendation.